Study Abroad Semester at Macquarie Uni - a great experience!!! Past Review

By (Universität Augsburg) - abroad from 02/21/2016 to 07/05/2016 with

Macquarie University: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Being on your own far away from home can be challenging. But nowadays there are cheap mobilephone tariffs and skype too.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Really really great! The library was very modern and new as well as the computer labs.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was living on campus at Macquarie University Village and had two lovely housmates, but the whole village was a little bit dirty ...

* Food:

The sentence "I gained 12 kg during my study abroad semester" says it all :D

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Australians are very friendly, helpful and like to engage you in conversations.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very well at Macquarie University Hospital!

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Macquarie Uni was the most modern and innovative university which I have ever seen. It was amazing.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Compared to Germany even tomatoes are very expensive... but all the money was worth it.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400 to $600
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? A study abroad semester is a once in a lifetime experience so you should not save too much money ... just have the best time of your life!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

always English :)

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? C1 = fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Make friends with native speakers!!!

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • travelling & making new friends
  • iLearn is a great innovation
  • student ambassador sholarship
* What could be improved?
  • better organisation at Macquarie Uni Village
  • printers in the library never worked
  • no heating/ airconditioning in village
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That living expenses are way higher than in Germany.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

BUS 201

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Murray Taylor
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

AFIN 353

Course Department: Business & Economics
Instructor: Narelle Gordon
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

AFIN 252

Course Department: Business & Economics
Instructor: Lindsay Stubbs
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: